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"Retreat" at The Studio with Artist Linda Basha Brookshire

LACONIA — Sometimes from the weather, sometimes from the world, "Retreat" is an appealing idea for many. Artist Linda Basha Brookshire from Mt. Vernon has created a community of small mixed-media work exploring this concept, and will be at The Studio, 50 Canal Street in Laconia, on Sunday July 13 for a reception beginning at noon.

Using small fragments of antique and vintage cloth bits and pigment, the artist has created evocative landscapes with titles that allow the viewer's mind to create stories and engage with the pieces on a level beyond just the visual. "Winter Camp", "The Valley is Rich", "Many Stacks of Books" -- all invite reflection and conversation.

Beginning at 1:30, there will be an artist's talk and open discussion about the series of works and the ideas of sanctuary, refuge and retreat. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Light refreshment will be provided, and the gift shop will be open as well until 4 p.m.

The Studio is located at 50 Canal Street in downtown Laconia. For more information call 603-455-8008 or visit www.thestudionh.com. Hours are Tuesday 2-7pm, Wednesday-Friday 10-5 pm, Saturday 9-3 pm and Sunday noon-4 pm. "Retreat" hangs in the gallery through August 10.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:18

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Explore Meredith's Wild Side

MEREDITH — 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the landmark conservation bill that created a way for Americans to protect their most pristine wildlands for use by future generations. Wilderness protects open space, watersheds, natural soundscapes, diverse ecosystems and biodiversity. 110 million acres of wilderness areas are protected from coast to coast. The tradition of protecting wilderness dates back almost 100 years to the country's foremost conservationists — Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Aldo Leopold, to name a few — who recognized the need to set aside America's wild places.

To celebrate the anniversary of the Wilderness Act, come explore Meredith's Wild Side this summer. The Conservation Commission maintains Town Forests and Recreation areas throughout the town. On the western side are the Hamlin-Eames-Smyth Forests, within walking distance in the village is the Meredith Community Forest, and in the eastern section is the Page Pond and Sherman tract. An additional area of open space and trails is the Waukewan Highlands Community Park.

What can you do in the town forests and parks? Backpack, dog walk, bird watch, take wildflower walks, go rock-climbing, canoe, kayak, swim, picnic, conduct ecological research, lead educational trips. Enjoy the solitude. Or, as we say in the Conservation Commission: Just Go Take A Hike in Meredith!
Detailed trail maps are available at Meredith Town Offices, Public Library, Community Center and at the kiosks in parking areas at the conservation areas, or on line at: http://meredithnh.org/mcc.php.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:11

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CrossFit Juggernaut to host Chamber’s Business After Hours event


LACONIA -- CrossFit Juggernaut will host the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Thursday, July 17, from 4-6 p.m. at the gym's location at 24 Lexington Drive, Laconia.

Chamber member are invited to come and see live CrossFit demonstrations performed by Juggernaut athletes, enjoy complimentary refreshments, beer and wine, and even participate in a CrossFit workout led by certified coach and founder of CrossFit Juggernaut, Keith Britton.

CrossFit Juggernaut is marking its one year anniversary at its 4,500 square foot facility. The Business After Hours event is also an opportunity to check out its newly finished members' lounge overlooking the gym floor.

Business After Hours attendees will have a chance to tour the gym, meet the staff, athletes and families.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 08:45

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Ashland Library Trustees Establish Building Fund

ASHLAND — The Trustees of the Ashland Town Library have created a Building Fund to address the space needs of the Town Library. For the past 75 years, the Library has been located in the Scribner Memorial Building, a 19th century house that was modified to serve the Library. The Library has now outgrown the space it occupies in the Scribner Building. As use of the Town Library increases, more space is needed for the collection, for patron usage, for computers, for programs and for staff work space. The Scribner Building also does not currently meet handicapped and life safety codes.

The Trustees believe that the Ashland Town Library needs a larger facility, that meets the current building codes and has room for larger collections of books, periodicals, videos and audio books, more computers for patrons (particularly those who cannot afford their own), enough tables and comfortable chairs for patrons, larger separate spaces for children and young adults, space for programs and meetings, and adequate staff work areas.

To meet the Library's space needs, the Trustees and Library Director have been considering various options, including renovation and expansion of the present building, purchase and renovation of an existing building, and construction of a new building. Last March, a warrant article to purchase and renovate the historic Ashland elementary school for a new library, by borrowing the necessary funds and having the property taxpayers pay for the entire project, failed at the polls. The Trustees are still inclined to think that using the former elementary school is the best solution for the Library's space problems, but they are open to other ways of solving those problems. Realizing that a solution will be expensive and will have to be funded at least in part by private donations, the Library Trustees have established the Library Building Fund to collect donations for a future building project, whatever form it might take, either using the old school or following an entirely different plan. Donations to the Ashland Town Library Building Fund can be mailed to the Library at PO Box 660, Ashland NH 03217, left at the Library, or paid by credit card though PayPal on the Library website, www.ashlandtownlibrary.org.

As a kickoff to the fund raising campaign, the Library will hold a free concert featuring popular musician Art Harriman on the Library lawn at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 17. Bring your own seating. Any donations to the Building Fund will be greatly appreciated.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:00

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